OBJECTIVE: To determine, if possible, whether magnesium
deficiency exists in children with asthma during acute attacks
and between exacerbations.
SETTING: Emergency Department Clinic and Outpatient
Pediatric Clinic of Jordan University of Science and Technology,
METHODS: A total of 174 known asthmatic children who
presented to the emergency department in acute attack (group 1)
and 94 asthmatic children who presented to outpatient clinics
for follow-up of asthma (group 2) had their serum magnesium
levels assayed and compared with 232 patients without asthma
(controls; group 3). Exclusion criteria were history of renal
disease, cardiac disease, malabsorption, diuretic use,
alcoholism, and pregnancy.
RESULTS: There were no differences between study groups,
although male patients had a slightly lower level of magnesium
than female patients.
CONCLUSION: After removing the confounder of sex, serum
magnesium levels in asthmatic children during acute attacks and
between exacerbations are not significantly different from those
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